Diverse families

Boampong, Michael (2023). Diverse families. In: Cooper, Victoria and Tatlow-Golden, Mimi eds. An Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 75–89.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003358855-6


This chapter considers various meanings of the word ‘family’, with a particular focus on children and young people’s views. Children are flexible on who can be considered a family member whether biologically related or not (and even including pets), and the chapter draws on research with children and young people to explore the impact of family relationships, where adults provide love, warmth, and security, and the impact of ‘one good adult’ on young people’s wellbeing. It also looks at how different family forms and parenting practices emerge with changes in contemporary societies. The chapter finally focuses on transnational families, where members are separated from each other, sometimes across continents, and considers how parents and children maintain family ties across geographical distance.

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